If you live within the city limits of San Francisco, and you own your home, you may be entitled to free money (up to $7000! per house) to conduct an energy audit, and resulting energy efficiency retrofits and upgrades. (Funds are available until March, 2012). Plus, you’ll save tons of cash in the long run by reducing your energy bills dramatically. Check it out here.
Home Performance contractors are trained to provide a full range of energy-related home improvements, including insulation, furnace and air conditioner upgrades, and energy-efficient lighting and appliances.
Most American homes waste 20 to 40 percent or more of the energy they consume. Much of this waste can be eliminated through simple, cost-effective home improvement measures that will save you money.
Other cities are beginning to jump onboard. A quick Google search turned up similar programs in: Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon, Delaware, New Jersey, British Columbia. and Ontario. You may also wish to search for relevant programs in your own territory. (If you live in California, check out Energy Upgrade.)
We built our consumer-facing site, Whatsmypower.com, to assist homeowners decode the various electricity pricing options available in their jurisidiction. We are constantly innovating, and have plans to incorporate Home Energy Savings tools (allowing for actionable insights into our energy behaviour, and the applicable tariff). We’ll keep you posted!